Decembers Contest ~ Darker Shades of Christmas

Started by Armorbeast, December 01, 2019, 05:06:20 pm

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December 01, 2019, 05:06:20 pm Last Edit: December 26, 2019, 04:23:45 pm by Impmon

Christmas is celebrated around the world as a time of giving and cheer to all people. But there is a darker side to Christmas which is what we at Dreamslayerartworks focus on. The invention of Darker Shades of Christmas was inspired by Tim Burtons A Nightmare Before Christmas which is a tale about Halloween and the ghoulies and goblins trying to take over Christmas. We took the idea and transformed it with a barbarian war god as Santa and his daughter Candace building up a corporate toy empire trying to save the spirit of Christmas. To aid her, she turns to the darker creatures of mythology to give them a chance to redeem themselves and have some fun along the way.

It is, however, a Christmas contest and we have always allowed and encouraged traditional Christmas art as our take on Christmas is still happening in a Christmas setting and the people of the world still have their Christmas trees, their presents and warm wishes to share with one another.

We hope you will participate and have fun with us in this months contest and with no further adieu, let's get to it shall we :)


Contest Starts DEC 1
Ends: DEC 31
IMPORTANT: ALL Prize lists MUST be in within TWO days of contest ending or during contest no exceptions

 1) First and foremost, we want everyone to enter. If you do not wish a prize but want to participate in the spirit of showcasing your talent, we will be creating a list of those members who will officially receive a DSA No Prize. We've had trouble in the past where members enter who actually do not want to win. These members don't want to take anything away from members who are participating to win prizes and we've had issues in the past where we tried to accommodate these members but not every judge understood or read comments by the artist not to choose their image. When the official contest topic is posted, we would like any member who only wants to participate in the spirit of competition to contact us and we will officially add them to the No Prize list.

 2) Your images must follow the theme to the best of your ability. But how you do this is up to your individual creativity and imagination. So ask if you have questions about the theme.

 3) There is a post limit of two images a day... no reworks as all images must be original for this contest. Try adding different races and different cultures... explore the variety that makes up who and what we are.

 4) Images cannot be posted anywhere else for five days and must include links to this contest or statements that it is for this contest.

 A) Images posted late will be excluded from judging

 5) Artistic nudity is allowed but our rules on child nudity apply. No child nudity is allowed. This is defined as genitals and nip's so cover them up or risk violating our rules. A good alternative would be anime.

 6) The contest is open to any medium that you wish to use. You can enter with Computer generated images, photo manipulated, hand drawn, painted, or any other type of medium you can think of. Make note of the prizes being offered as only rarely might they not be 3d oriented.

 7) We consider it trolling if criticism about content is made when images are within the rules.

 8 ) Unless otherwise specified, make sure to add an alternate prize selection should you want a bundle or partnered item. Some of our sponsors allow this, some do not and some may on certain items of which we have no way of knowing.

 9) Consider adding some written text to explain your illustrations to help others better understand your image and leave comments on the entries of fellow contestants to show your appreciation.

 10) Make sure to check and see if the prize you have won is a coupon or a gift certificate. If it clearly says it is a coupon, do not apply it as a gift certificate at the sponsors site or vice versa.

 11) The theme should focus on winter or any of the winter holidays.

 12) Include the following information ~

 A) Username (for DSA and sponsors site)
 B) Email Address
 C) Real Name & Physical Mailing Address (for software and physical prizes)

 13) Beginning June 1st, 2015; At the end of the month contests will be judged within 7 business days. Winners will be contacted but are also expected to check back in to avoid oversights barring unforeseen circumstances.

 Again, please click the link at the top of the rules list to view the page set aside for this specific rule and discussion.

 14) Winners will provide a list including each sponsor in order that they would like to have the prizes. We will then choose what prizes you win on a first come, first serve basis. Our First Place winner will receive the first item on their list which will be removed from all other winners lists. Our Second Place winner will be given the first item remaining on their list and so forth. When each winner has been awarded a prize, we will begin again with the First Place winner until all prizes are awarded.

 A) Our normal monthly contests will have 5 winners. Our larger contests will have up to 31 winners. We will alert members should this change at any time or if the sponsors have alerted us to award items to runners up.

 B) You may provide a list to us at any time during the month. Providing the list does not guarantee a prize. Items given to runners up, if any, will come from these lists or be donated by prize winners.

 15) If you do not provide the items you would like where you have won a "choice" of items from the sponsor, on the list you provide to us, you will have 5 business days after notification to contact us. It is unfair that, in cases where a sponsor provides a prize to multiple winners, that winners who reply quickly must wait of winners who reply late.

 16) Remember, if you have any questions, please ask them in the contest topic so that staff or fellow members can explain and help you to understand rules or themes in our competition


Prize: One full version of Poser Pro 11 from Renderosity.

Prize: One  copy of BlackSmith3D Pro Version 7 from Renderosity.

Prizes: One $75 gift certificate
One $50 gift certificate
One $25 gift certificate from Renderosity

Prize: Two Winners One item of choice  from Fantasy Realms Market

Prize: One copy of Bayou For Genesis 8 by HotLime3D

Prize: Three winners One item each from Adam Thwaits

Prize: One item of choice from Simonwm]


Prizes: $50.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$25.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
(New Rule ~ Forender Wants To Spread Things Around A Bit More. So If You Have Won From Them Recently, Please Choose A Participant That You Would Like To Donate This Prize Too)

Prize: One Item of Choice From HinkyPunk

Prize: One Item of Choice From Mercenary Studios

One Item of Choice From AngellsGraphics

DSA Lycan DreamslayerVisions

One Item of Choice From Avros

One Item of Choice From Spookielilone(NO DAZ ORIGINALS)

One Item of Choice From Jepe(No bundles or partnered items)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Hongyu from Renderosity or DAZ3D(No partnered items or bundles)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Prae(no items partnered with Rpublishing)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Darwins Mishap(NO DAZ ORIGINALS NO PARTNERED ITEMS)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Sveva NO PARTNERED ITEMS


Darkness has a beauty all its own at Christmastime.


I love that you can pick your own prizes for these contests.  That way you know that you'll use what you got.  Some people have to get rendering.. only one entry so far.
You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.     

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The Katster i agree. Its better to choose and not have issues with double prizes.
As for the entries its slow yes, but it can be due to site issues and moving to a new server.
Hopefully it will pick up, as we work behind the scenes to get this site ready, like the old one. 🙈
A freak like me just needs infinity...



Thanks for the extension! So busy with birthday, Christmas etc and getting my coursework done for my degree course, but now managed to do a couple, thank goodness. Some excellent entries this year, tough competition! :-)

Site's looking good... Just the pics are a bit elongated when blown up still. Ok with portrait orientation, landscape looks a bit weird. On the phone I need to turn phone to landscape, but I do understand getting it to look good on all platforms is tricky. Keep up the good work and happy holidays to all!


The site is doing well, I don't have any troubles to log on the system and the site is very quick loading.
Make the world a little beautiful by painting it blue.



I ain't telling you Rene, you'll just have to wait like everybody else!!!

1 spookie Winter Blessings

2 impmon Trapped in a snowglobe

3 ute Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

4 JoFcuk Xmas

5 rebelgraphx You should have stayed in bed


congratulations to the winners!

only 5 winners this year for Christmas?


You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.     

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January 18, 2020, 04:03:15 am #13 Last Edit: January 18, 2020, 04:06:24 am by AmirA

Winners remember to send your choices to Impmon asap. Thank you.

A freak like me just needs infinity...


I thought that everyone that entered the contests had to send them to Impmon as soon as the contest ended. Not sure if this has changed so we don't have to do that until the winners are posted now.  Thanks to everyone for all you do to support us all.